By John McNeil
A multimedia presentation based on the film, The Matrix.
Our production was 6min in duration. We edited brief portions from The Matrix into two sections, each approx. 2mins long. A middle bridge of a "waterfall of digits" was constructed to act as background while the drama/dance took place. The video was projected onto screens at either side of the stage. The actors and dancers were frozen in "zero position" during the first 2min of video, came to life during the middle 2min bridge, and then froze again for the remaining 2min. The actors had three short sets of lines, while the dance was continuous, but choreographed so that while the actors were speaking the attention was on them. For background music during the drama/dance, we used the track "Clubbed to Death" from The Matrix CD. We placed the actors on a small raised platform at the middle-rear of the stage, leaving the front of the stage free for the dancers.
(Scene: Dancers and actors in position on stage before commencement of Video. Subdued red lighting, barely showing silhouettes of performers.)
VIDEO: Collage of scenes from The Matrix. Ends with Neo in the artificial intelligence womb. After 2min, cuts from film action to waterfall of digits.
AUDIO: 'Clubbed to Death'
DRAMA: (The drama is contained in 3 sets, interspersed with dance)
NEO: What is going on, Morpheus?
MORPHEUS: You've been living in a dream world, Neo. To see reality, you must be born again.
NEO: How can a man be born when he is old? Surely he can't enter his mother's womb a second time.
DANCE: Commences with change in beat of audio.
DRAMA SET TWO
MORPHEUS: You can only break through into the kingdom of reality by being born of the Spirit.
NEO: How do I find this reality?
MORPHEUS: Find the Son. He is the only one among us born in the world of reality. He has returned to show us the way. He alone knows that way.
DRAMA SET THREE
NEO: If this world is an artificial reality, why do more people not see it, Morpheus?
MORPHEUS: The God of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so they cannot see the truth. He has blinded their eyes, and hardened their hearts, so they can neither see nor want to know.
NEO: What is truth?
MORPHEUS: Find the Son. He is the way, the truth, and the life.
VIDEO: At conclusion of dance, video changes from digital waterfall to Action montage #2.
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Or at: 36B Stourbridge St, Christchurch 2, New Zealand.